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Conservation Easements - How Flexible Is Too Flexible?

To ensure the continued conservation of natural resources and habitats, it is important to ensure that easements are not simply undone by successors to the original parties after the tax benefits have been realized.& ...


Conservation Easements – The Latest Tool in the Protection of Lands and Landscapes in the Mississippi Delta

Conservation easements have been utilized as a primary tool for land protection in the United States for approximately thirty years. The movement started in the Northeastern part of the country and has slowly, but steadily, made its way to the Southeast; the Mississippi Alluvial Valley to be specific.


Reconciling Mineral Rights and Conservation Easements

Answers on subsurface mining below conservation easements.


Smallholder agroforestry plots may boost tree conservation - Report

When natural forests are threatened by deforestation or climate change, the best hope for the survival of certain at risk tree species may be to include them in agroforestry plots managed by small farmers, according to new research.


Crop Insurance and Conservation Compliance

The failed Senate bill reattached conservation compliance to the crop/revenue insurance program that was subsidized by the Federal Government.


Iowa's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy

Excerpts from Iowa's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) applicable to Private Landowners.


A fierce, expensive fight erupts over conservation easements

An ongoing fight over tax breaks for conserving privately owned land — and accusations that some people are using them as a tax shelter — is spurring an expensive lobbying battle involving landowners and conservationists.


Soil and Water Conservation Districts

What is a Soil and Water Conservation District? Across the United States, nearly 3,000 conservation districts - almost one in every county - are helping local people to conserve land, water, forests, wildlife and related natural resources.


Unique Partnership Promotes Conservation through Ranching

A group of ranching and conservation organizations have formed a broad-based coalition to enhance ranching practices that consider important conservation issues throughout the West.


Mississippi's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (Wildlife Action Plan)

Excerpts from Mississippi's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) applicable to Private Landowners.


Hunters - A Force for Conservation

Hunting seasons are starting to open, making this a great time to commemorate the important role that hunters play in habitat conservation.


Frameworks for Conservation Action Sagebrush and Great Plains

Learn about the USDA-NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife's approach to conservation in the sagebrush-steppe and Great Plains Grasslands in this public presentation.


Mitigation and Conservation Banking

To many landowners a threatened or endangered (T&E) species on their property is anathema because it can herald all kinds of state and federal limitations on use of their property.& ...


Conservation helps landowners ‘drought proof’ farms, ranches



Uniform Conservation Easement Act Summary

Although traditional uses of land for industrial, commercial, residential and agricultural purposes have continued, conservation and historic preservation have become important as well.


Cost-effective Conservation Practices

This article includes ideas on how to improve your operation environmentally and economically.


Government, company agreementwill help farmers improve conservation practices



Conservation Easements

One tool for estate planners is the conservation easement, by which a landowner voluntarily restricts his or her land from being developed, restricts the amount of development or protects existing features, like a building facade with historic value.


Can I Really Preserve My Land and Make Money?

Conservation easement income tax credits are a land preservation tool available to help Colorado landowners preserve their working farms and ranches and protect wildlife habitat and scenic views.


Indiana Monarch Conservation Plan

Indiana’s involvement in the development of the Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy prompted the planning of an Indiana Monarch Conservation Summit, held in September 2017, to organize over 40 Hoosier conservation partners with an interest in monarch butterfly conservation and habitat restoration, and kickstart a collaborative effort to draft the Indiana Monarch Conservation Plan.

Search our Partner Database of Conservation Success Stories

Cooperative Conservation AmericaWhat is Cooperative Conservation America? CCA is a public forum for collecting and sharing the cooperative conservation stories, lessons, models and achievements of all Americans. It provides citizen conservationists from every walk of life an opportunity to contribute to, and learn from, a common pool of conservation knowledge, tools, and practices - a cumulative and evolving database of information that will advance citizen stewardship, foster community-based conservation, encourage and support the vital role of private lands and landowners, and expand and strengthen shared governance in the care and conservation of America's lands, waters, and wildlife.


View a sampling of Success stories